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$25,000 UFL Transfer Fee Allows Player To Become A Patriot

Section 3 of the United Football League’s (UFL) Uniform Player Contract states the following:

Player acknowledges and agrees that he may only receive a Release pursuant to this subparagraph (b), upon payment of One Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($150,000.00) (the “Release Fee”), to be paid to Management by Player, the NFL, and NFL Club or any combination thereof.  Such Release Fee may be reduced or waived at the sole and absolute discretion of the Commissioner.

Even though agents had knowledge of the clause prior to the start of the UFL season, many of them were very upset that the UFL was enforcing the $150,000 fee.   Last year, the League decided to waive the fee, but up until last Thursday, the League was unwilling to budge from its stance that the fee was here to stay.

The existence of the $150,000 Transfer Fee certainly affected at least one player.  The Minnesota Vikings pulled back from signing Lorenzo Booker after the UFL extended its hand asking for the six figure amount.

But then, all of a sudden, the UFL retracted from its hard-line stance.  It did not scrap the entire fee, but it did divide it by six.  Now, any NFL team interested in adding a UFL player to its roster has the opportunity to do so at the price of $25,000.  The player also has the option of paying the fee if the team does not wish to spend the money.

Already one UFL player has been acquired by an NFL team for $25,000, and you will likely see that player tonight on Monday Night Football.  The New England Patriots added DE/OLB Eric Moore to its roster.  Pierre Woods was released to make room for Moore on the Patriots’ roster.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.